What do the newly tapped VP of Product at Stability AI, the Head of Roblox Studio, and Generative AI Productizer at Amazon all have in common? Almost a decade working on creative ML and AI endeavors together at Adobe, and a passion for the Arts. Join us to learn more about their creative processes, their ties to Bay Area Arts, and their new professional journeys helming teams of creatives and machine learning engineers.
- Christian Cantrell, VP of Product at Stability AI spent twenty years at Adobe exploring the future of digital creativity. He has been focused on creative AI since 2017 and is now the VP of Product at Stability AI. In addition to his passion for bringing the power of creativity to every human on the planet, he is also a published science fiction author with two properties currently in development for film.
- Stefano Corazza, Head of Roblox Studio, formerly a Stanford Researcher, Stef is the founder (and former CTO/CEO) of Mixamo, the first 3D character animation service which was acquired by Adobe in 2015. Under his tenure at Adobe, the 3D organization grew to over 200 people and completed the acquisition of Allegorithmic where he served as a board member. Stef has been investing and advising companies in the 3D/Immersive space such as Matterport, ReadyPlayerMe, Artomatix, and Rokoko. On the creative side, Stef has built various 3D experiences for festivals and museums and is the founder of Festival of the Impossible, an immersive media exhibition based in San Francisco. Currently, Stef is the Head of Roblox studio, the tool used by millions of creators every month to bring content to Roblox.
- Kush Amerasinghe, Generative AI Productizer at Amazon, is a multi-disciplinary problem solver/explorer who worked on future innovation initiatives at Adobe to bring a positive impact to the world using technology, creativity, and sustainable business models. I co-founded a team focused on productizing AI/ML/GANs based research. I also co-founded Adobe TV - Adobe’s video training platform for Creative Cloud worked on streaming video initiatives that evolved into Adobe Live and contributed to many early explorations including Kickbox - an open-source innovation framework adopted by companies such as Cisco and worked on joint projects with partners: Microsoft, Intel, HP, Samsung, Sony, & Nvidia. Before joining Adobe, I learned to be a global citizen in Rome Italy where I discovered the power of connecting dots. I used that ability to help Sri Lanka’s first internet provider LISL build solutions for key entities in the country including the national airline, top banks, leading news outlets, and government agencies pushing the envelope for media and cloud applications. Then co-founded Media Solutions - which invented an online productivity suite predating Google Docs, co-founded Avalon Interactive in the Philippines - the country’s industry leader at the time where I lead a diverse team to create cutting-edge experiences for all top 20 universities, and large corporations such as P&G. Later I joined a pioneering VFX house in Indonesia - Epics doing challenging 3D & character animation projects for the county’s leading agencies and global collaborations. As a civil war survivor, I feel incredibly lucky to come this far beating the odds. I try to give back by serving on the board of two non-profits: CounterPulse - an experimental arts org that gives a voice to emerging creatives in San Francisco and AtmaGo - a digital platform for community resilience. I’m also advising and volunteering for Hard Shell Labs - an emerging tech lab for environmental causes, 82ism - an early tech platform with a strong social focus and Kids&Art - a bay area org using art to help kids with cancer and their families.